Scotty Pippen Jr., Ron Harper Jr. strive to make their own NBA names

As Scotty Pippen Jr. prepared to talk to reporters at last week’s NBA Draft Combine, the son of the Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer bumped fists with the prospect next to him.

“Play hard and win,” Pippen Jr. said. “That’s all that matters.”

As Ron Harper Jr. prepared to talk to reporters the very next day, the son of the dependable Bulls’ guard smiled at his teammate next to him.

“Camp champs,” Harper Jr. said. “2-0, baby.”

So you might say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

While neither Pippen Jr. nor Harper Jr. are projected in next month’s NBA draft to be the surefire, top-10 picks their fathers were, their focus on winning sure sounds the same.

“That’s all that matters,” Pippen Jr. said.

Pippen Jr. is a 6-foot-3-inch guard who left Vanderbilt following a junior season in which his 20.4 points-per-game scoring average led the SEC in scoring.

Harper Jr. is a 6-foot-6-inch wing who increased his scoring average in each of his four seasons at Rutgers, developing a reputation as a big shotmaker who is undaunted by the moment.

Scouts and executives are split on whether either will stick in the NBA. But both players projected confidence and charisma in detailing lessons learned from their famous fathers while also carving out their own identities.

“I would say it’s a dream come true,” Pippen Jr. said last week at Wintrust Arena, when asked about the combine…

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